NEWSFLASH: Stuff the Bus * Middle School Dance * Book Sale * Ladies’ Soirée * Pumpkins

WHS Football and Cheerleading Teams Invite Residents to Help Stuff The Bus

cheerleaders stuff the busOn Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., the Wilton High School Football and Cheerleading teams are asking the public to help with their annual food drive to benefit the Wilton Food Pantry. People are invited to literally stuff the bus with goods for the Food Pantry as they go to Friday night’s game against Staples.

Beginning at 5 p.m. a school bus will be parked at the lower Cider Mill School parking lot next to the entrance of the Wilton High School Memorial Stadium (Fujitani Field). Donations of paper goods, detergent and personal items are also welcome in addition to non-perishable food products; no canned tuna, salmon, canned vegetables or beans are needed at this time. Please check expiration dates.

The Sept 25 game is also Youth Night. All Wilton Youth Football/Cheer players and cheerleaders are invited to come to the game. They should wear their uniform/jersey and take the field at halftime for a special presentation.

Kiwanis Introduces Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser

2015 Pumpkin sales-01The Kiwanis Club of Wilton will be holding an ongoing pumpkin sale as a fundraiser to support the many charities to which they donate. The Wilton Historical Society (224 Danbury Rd.) is providing the space for the Kiwanis’ sale. The pumpkins will arrive this Sunday, Sept. 27, and they’ll start selling pumpkins that afternoon.

“We will have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and they will be sold at competitive prices to any and all who are looking to dress up their properties for the Halloween season,” says Bud Taylor, a Kiwanis member.

They’ll run the sale each weekend through Halloween (Oct. 31), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and weekdays 12-5 p.m., when volunteers are available to run the sale. Proceeds will benefit organizations including:  the American Cancer Society, American Home Front, Family and Children’s Agency, Stay at Home Wilton, Nursing and Home Care, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Ambulance Corps, CERT and more.

Trackside Dance for 7th and 8th Graders

Following the success of the first 6th Grade Party of the year at Trackside, students are invited to the 7th and 8th Grade Dance at the Trackside Teen Center (15 Station Rd.) this Friday Sept. 25 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.. The Dance⎯for 7th and 8th graders only⎯features music and dance floor, games, snacks from the Snackside Café and more. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased on the Trackside website at  or in the Middlebrook cafeteria during lunch waves. Tickets sold at the door on the night of the event are $10. Contact Amy Nassef via email or by calling 203.834.2888 for more information.

Wilton Library’s Annual Ladies’ Soirée will be Mystical, with Palm Readers, Tarot Cards and Crystal Ball

It doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that Thursday, Oct. 1 will be a fun ladies’  night out in Wilton. That’s the night for Wilton Library’s 16th Annual Ladies’ Soirée, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. The event is now a long-standing tradition for friends and neighbors to get together in the festive environment of the library to talk, taste, and treat themselves to a good time with hors d’oeuvres provided by Marly’s Bar & Bistro and sparkling wine to start off the evening.

In addition to a terrific silent auction and an exciting drawing for JetBlue tickets, this year’s fundraiser will feature fun from a different perspective—with palm readings, Tarot cards and crystal ball readings. The proceeds benefit Wilton Library’s programs and services, along with support from event sponsors Caraluzzi’s, Moments by Andrea, Wilton Meadows Health Care and The Greens at Cannondale, and Wilton Magazine as the media sponsor.

According to Priscilla Thors, a co-chair from seven previous Soirées and this year’s mentor to a new group of committed ladies, “This event is always so much fun to host. It’s so satisfying to see women enjoying themselves, catching-up from the summer, comparing notes about their kids’ teachers, classes, and just having a relaxing night out designed just for them.”

Robin Axness, development director for Wilton Library agreed, “We have so many items in the silent auction that are tailor-made for our audience – items for pampering, healthy living, and kids’ parties. We have a few women’s parties that sound like a lot of fun, too! The best part is that the library benefits from all of it.”

Ladies Soiree committeeThe new committee members for the ladies’ night are Charlie Albers, Amy Cooper, Suzanne Lishnoff, Sarah McCall, Sarah Taylor, Tara Thompson, and Jessica White. The women all commented that they were looking forward to the readings – perhaps one of the readers will even divine who will be going home with the coveted auction items.

Some of the enticing silent auction items include an Eight-Person Cooking Class by Heather Priest in the comfort of one’s home, a fun Ladies’ Night Out in the library underwritten by Priscilla and Tyler Thors, sipping wine and munching on cheese while doing crafts with ten friends, a child’s painting party at Happy Hands Art & Pottery, a gift certificate to Batter & Cream, the New York City-based bakery specializing in delectable, artisanal whoopie pies, and an American Girl Doll tea party for eight lucky little girls and their dolls.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be purchased online or by calling Jennifer Wallace at 203.762.3950, ext. 239. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..

Library’s Fall Book Sale Starts Tomorrow

Library Book Sale volunteersThe summer heat and humidity may be a recent memory, but whatever the weather, it won’t stand in the way of Wilton Library’s Awesome Autumn Book Sale fundraiser which starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The sale is free to all, and runs Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., when items will be half price.

Last year’s first Awesome book sale included the tots to teens books and was expanded to include the Book Cellar with thousands more offerings for adults. Due to the overwhelming success of the fundraiser, the library will again open the doors to the Book Cellar making it a full-blown book sale. Shoppers can expect to see books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs in pristine condition for babies, toddlers, teens, and adults including categories of mysteries, travel, gardening, history and more.

Organizer Sue Sullivan remarks, “We received such positive response from the community on the size of the sale last fall that we decided to make everything available again this year.”

Patty Connor, another organizer agrees. “People were so pleased with the selection and it was proven by our overall sales. We’re hoping to improve upon our success by getting the word out that we’re opening up the downstairs again this year.”

Elaine Tai-Lauria, Wilton Library’s executive director, expressed her appreciation to the community and to the volunteers, “We have such an incredibly caring group of volunteers who toil all year long for the many book sales we run. We are indebted to them for providing such well-organized sales which generate revenues that enhance our collections; and to the community for its high quality donations and for returning time after time to support the sales.” To underscore Tai-Lauria’s point, the organizers want shoppers to know that there is all new inventory since the library’s Gigantic Book Sale this past spring.